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Blood Groove Hardcover – April 28, 2009

3.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Rudolfo Zginski Series

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First published by Night Shade in 2006, this dark tale of vampires in 1970s Memphis is marred by racial stereotypes and grim perversions. Baron Rudolfo Vladimir Zginski, stabbed with a crucifix in 1915, reanimates 60 years later when pathologist Patricia Johnson withdraws the cross from his mummified corpse. The racist and self-absorbed Zginski kills his African-American resurrector and heads out into the world. He joins up with a gaggle of young vampires, including lecherous black teens Olive and Leonardo, who speak almost entirely in clichéd blaxploitation patois (Don't be a jive turkey, sweetheart) and use telepathy to seduce and kill unsuspecting humans. Coroner Danielle Roseberry almost becomes the pair's latest prey until Zginski realizes they all need her help to trace the origin of a mysterious vampire-killing dust. Bledsoe (The Sword-Edged Blonde) employs a suave, creepy style that suits the story but can't mitigate his appalling treatment of female and minority characters. (Apr.)
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"Bledsoe’s debut urban fantasy is an intoxicating brew of mystery, humor, and horror."--Library Journal on Blood Groove

“I love vampire stories, both reading them and writing them, and when one comes along that’s as new and fresh as Blood Groove, well, it’s just plain delicious. One very sweet read. ”—Whitley Strieber, New York Times bestselling author

“Hot and sticky and tangy as a slab of Memphis ribs. A trippy vamp-noir seventies feed-fest, complete with the requisite sex, drugs, and vintage rock.”—E.E. Knight, bestselling author of Vampire Earth on Blood Groove

“An edgy, visceral page-turner that had me laughing one moment and shivering the next. Alex Bledsoe is a writer to watch!”—Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of Wicked Game on Blood Groove


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765321963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765321961
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,482,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mrs. Baumann VINE VOICE on June 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
Plot Summary: Baron Rudolfo Zginski was staked in the heart in 1915, and he rises again 60 years later when a medical pathologist removes the gold stake from his corpse. He's finds himself in Memphis, and sets about finding fellow vampires. The `locals' form a small tribe of heartless misfits who live in an abandoned warehouse littered with body parts and maggoty corpses. They're little more than animals, and Zginski soon takes control of the lot, along with a human girl who provides warm meals at his command. One of the vamps is killed by a mysterious powder, and Zginski tracks down the dealer with the unwilling help of an assistant coroner. It turns out an ancient nemesis is trying to kill Zginski, for good.

I think this is a first for me. I really wanted the vampires in this book to DIE, and usually I'm doing a "Sis Boom Rah! Gooooo Vampires!" chant. Not for these guys. I'd say this book is closer to a flat out horror story rather than my preferred flavor of urban fantasy with a dash of romance. Maybe some people want to call this one a `dark urban fantasy,' and that's fine, if you like your vampirism pitch black without a drop of cream to sweeten the story.

Even though I was disappointed by the completely unromantic take on the vampires, I have to say that I was vastly entertained, in a sort of ghoulish, can't wait to see what horrible, disgusting thing happens next. I felt like a rubbernecker at the scene of a fatal car accident, and my eyes kept scanning quickly for the bodies under the tarps. I don't recommend this book for squeamish fans who like to read vampire-lite, or for anyone who wants to read about sexy, sympathetic vampires, because they won't be found here.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Blood Groove was such a blast! This was my first Alex Bledsoe book, and it's definitely made me a fan. Blood Groove takes place in 1975 Memphis, amidst racial tension, groovy tunes, and hot, sticky, southern grit. Baron Rudolfo Zginski finds himself in a Memphis morgue after the (very unlucky) pathologist yanks the cross out that's been stuck in his heart for 60 years. After a nice meal, he heads out into the Memphis night. Meanwhile, we get to know a group of rather ill kempt "young" vamps that are living in a rundown warehouse in the sticks. The standout in the group is Fauvette, perpetually 14, turned when she was a virgin, what seems like a lifetime ago. The details of her death and subsequent turning are heartwrenching, to say the least, and Fauvette longs for true death, even if she can't bring herself to meet the sun. She hates what she's become and the habits of her housemates horrify her more and more every day. I'll be honest, they're a rather gross bunch, and if you have a sensitive stomach, you may find yourself covering your eyes (you'll be peeking though, I promise). Weaned on movies like Blacula, and vamp lore, these young vamps live in ignorance of their true natures, and what they can become. That's where Baron Zginski comes in. He discovers Fauvette in an alley after she's forced herself to feed, and is inexplicably drawn to her, and you will be too, because the real star of this novel is Fauvette. She gets a rough start, but as Zginski brings her out of her shell, and shows her the truth of her kind, her inner beauty begins to shine through, and acceptance with what she is, and who she is, is inevitable and wonderful to witness. Fauvette begins to rub off on the arrogant Zginski, and he begins to realize that he's lost some of his humanity and empathy.Read more ›
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He did a good job of presenting well rounded characters with unique voices. I enjoyed the mind warp of a story told from a Noir-"esque" narrative but set in the 1970's. I haven't read the remainder of the series yet but it's on my list. Worth the read.
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The person who recommended this to me said it was amusing. The first sample chapter made it seem so. It wasn't to me.

The book is filled with cruelty and violence, much of which isn't physical. There's so much rape that it hurt to read it (especially when the first thing one victim does is turn around do the same thing to two people she loves). And by rape I mean the stripping of control from a person and forcing them to act against their will in sexual situations, controlling them mentally while they watch themselves being violated and violating others at someone's command. It was nauseating to me. I personally cannot read such books, and if anyone else is out there that has similar reactions to rape situations, I want them to be aware of what they might face in this book.

I'm not condemning this book for such contents. I trust and respect Alex Bledsoe as an author of other stories that I truly love. I just failed to see the point he was making with this one, and it pushed into places that made me ill reading them. Maybe he wanted to show 'real' nasty vampires? I kind of thought he might have been trying to make them both unsympathetic and sympathetic? A tough job if so. I don't know. It didn't work for me. And I get that vampires aren't human and aren't nice but there wasn't one character, vampire or human, about whom I cared.

But the above may not bother you in the least. So I suggest reading other reviews to get a more rounded picture of the book, because maybe it would be your cup of tea. It's just not mine, and I felt the need to say why so that another person like me would have the information needed to make an informed purchase.
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